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Director:
Writers:
Sei Shonagon (book)
Peter Greenaway (written by) ...
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Release Date:
6 June 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Things that make the heart beat faster. See more »
Plot:
As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book"... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A feast for the eyes See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Vivian Wu ... Nagiko
Yoshi Oida ... The Publisher
Ken Ogata ... The Father
Hideko Yoshida ... The Aunt / The Maid

Ewan McGregor ... Jerome
Judy Ongg ... The Mother
Ken Mitsuishi ... The Husband
Yutaka Honda ... Hoki
Barbara Lott ... Jerome's Mother
Miwako Kawai ... Young Nagiko

Lynne Langdon ... Jerome's sister (as Lynne Frances Wachendorfer)
Chizuru Ohnishi ... Young Nagiko
Shiho Takamatsu ... Young Nagiko
Aki Ishimaru ... Young Nagiko
Hisashi Hidaka ... Calligrapher
Dehong Chen ... Calligrapher
Ham-Chau Luong ... Calligrapher (as Ham Cham Luong)
Akihiro Nishida ... Calligrapher
Kentaro Matsuo ... Calligrapher
Nguyen Duc Nhan ... Calligrapher
Augusto Aristotle ... Calligrapher
Roger To Thanh Hien ... Calligrapher

Chris Bearne ... Calligrapher

Ronald Guttman ... Calligrapher
Wichert Dromkert ... The Book of the Innocent
Martin Tukker ... The Book of the Idiot
Wu Wei ... The Book of Old Age
Tom Kane ... The Book of the Exhibitionist
Kheim Lam ... The Book of the Seducer
Daishi Hori ... The Book of Youth
Kinya Tsuruyama ... The Book of Secrets
Eiichi Tanaka ... The Book of the Betrayer
Rick Waney ... The Book of Silence
Masaru Matsuda ... The Book of Birth and Beginnings
Wataru Murofushi ... The Book of the Dead
Ryuke Azuma ... Grandmother
Seitaro Koyama ... Nephew
Tatsuya Kimura ... Nephew
Yoshihiko Nagata ... Husband's Friend
Atsushi Miura ... Husband's Friend
Kazushi Ishimaru ... Baby Nagiko
Hikari Abe ... Nagiko's Baby
Ai Kanafuji ... Nagiko's Friend
Yoshino Yoshioka ... Nagiko's Friend
Yuki Nou ... Nagiko's Friend
Masami Nishio ... Nagiko's Friend
Satomi Kimura ... Nagiko's Friend
Michiko Matsuo ... Nagiko's Friend
Kintaro Murayama ... Nagiko's Friend
Ann
Kaoru Ueda ... Model
Ohko ... Model
Junko Shinohara ... Model
Yûko Nozawa ... Model (as Yuko Nozawa)
Kiyomi Nomura ... Model
Midori Hatsuda ... Model
Miwa Hayashi ... Model
Seizo H. Inoue ... 10th Century Man (as Seizo Inoue)
Yoshihiro Kawai ... 10th Century Man
Munenari Takeshima ... 10th Century Man
Toshio Kimura ... 10th Century Man
Masakazu Takemura ... 10th Century Man
Hiroshi Nakajima ... 10th Century Man
Kageyoshi Shirakata ... 10th Century Man
Takashi Miyake ... 10th Century Man
Hiroko Uno ... 10th Century Woman
Yûko Shimomura ... 10th Century Woman (as Yuko Shimomura)
Kana Haraguchi ... 10th Century Woman
Yuri Inoue ... 10th Century Woman (as Yuri Inoue)
Makiko Shoji ... 10th Century Woman
Miwako Namie ... 10th Century Woman
Atsuko Nakamura ... 10th Century Woman
Tokiko Horiike ... 10th Century Woman
Akiko Yokotani ... 10th Century Woman
Yasuyo Ogawa ... 10th Century Woman
Atsuko Yoshikawa ... 10th Century Woman
Mariko Ajimoto ... 10th Century Woman
Hiromi Tani ... 10th Century Woman
Fukue Kitaoka ... 10th Century Woman
Arnita Swanson ... Edele (as Arnita C. Swanson)
Jim Adhi Limas ... Man in Lift
Miho Tanaka ... Model Friend in Cafe Typo
Fabienne De Marco ... Model Friend in Cafe Typo
Tania De Jaeger ... Model Friend in Cafe Typo
Jinhua Lu ... Wife of Calligrapher
Tien Sing Wang ... Intruder
Chau
See Wah Leung ... Intruder
Kha
Kumi Komino ... Elderly Secretary
Yuki Hayashi ... Young Female Secretary
Maskai Taketani ... Young Male Secretary
Mr. Luo
Mrs. Luo
See Yan Leung ... Bookshop Manager
François Van Den Bergen ... Book of Seducer (as Francois Van Den Bergen)
Valerie Buchanan (as Valerie Buchanon)
Yorks Tong

Anna Chu
C.S. Wong

Michelle Nicholson ... Model (as Michelle Leigh Nicholson)
Farini Cheung (as Farini Chang)
Anita Leung Fui Shan
Tom Tom
Doris Lui Lai Fong
Sam
Shuen Ngar Lei
Chan Ben
Bobsy Jureidini
Andrew Chan
Vanessa Lanza
Chau Kwok Kwan
Ho Keung Kwong
Sammuel Leung
Jo Jo Hui
Louis Fu Yiu Shi
Paul Wan
Adrian Kwan (as Adrian Kwan Shun Fai)
Leung Woo
Hui Pak Kin
Man Kit (as Tony Wong Man Kit)
Foon Wing Hong
Li Chun Man
Stephen C. Lam
Edelmer Christanse
Jimmy Lee Wai Chang
Terence Tsin Chung Tung
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mennan Yapo ... Café Typo Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
Sei Shonagon (book)

Peter Greenaway (written by)

Sei Shonagon 

Produced by
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Terry Glinwood .... executive producer
Kees Kasander .... producer
Jessinta Liu .... line producer: Hong Kong
Jean-Louis Piel .... executive producer
Tom Reeve .... executive producer
Denis Wigman .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Greenaway 
Chris Wyatt 
 
Casting by
Abi Cohen 
Hitomi Ishihara 
Carrie O'Brien 
Aimi O 
Liora Reich 
 
Production Design by
Kôichi Hamamura 
Willemijn Loivers 
Hiroto Oonogi 
Andrée Putman 
Noriyuki Tanaka 
Wilbert Van Dorp  (as Wilbert van Dorp)
 
Costume Design by
Martin Margiela 
Dien van Straalen 
Koji Tatsuno 
 
Makeup Department
Seiji Arai .... makeup artist
Cathy Folmer .... makeup artist
Shoko Ishigaki .... makeup artist
Sara Meerman .... makeup artist
Vivian Nowak .... makeup artist (as Vivian Nowack)
Noriko Sato .... makeup artist
Kyôko Toyokawa .... makeup artist (as Kyoko Toyokawa)
 
Production Management
Katsumi Furuhashi .... unit production manager
Misako Furukawa .... unit production manager
Yumiko Miwa .... unit production manager
Fiona Nottingham .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Cheung .... assistant director
Koji Kobayashi .... assistant director
Adrian Kwan .... assistant director (as Shun-fai Kwan)
Kenji Nakanishi .... assistant director
Aimi O .... second assistant director
Vincent Rivier .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Second Chan .... assistant art director
Lau Wai Chung .... art department
Vincent de Pater .... assistant art director (as Vincent De Pater)
Do Demuth .... painter
Rob Duiker .... carpenter
Thierry Gratien .... constructor
Lijntje Helweg .... property master
Lijntje Helweg .... set dresser
Elmer Jacobs .... constructor
Chan Yau Kong .... art department
Wai Hung Lau .... art department
Law Tak Nga .... art department
Lau Kwok On .... art department
David Peters .... constructor
Maarten Piersma .... constructor
Kazunori Sawaji .... art department
Danielle Schilling .... property master
Danielle Schilling .... set dresser
Wong Kwong Shing .... art department
Otfried Suppin .... art department assistant
Mari Tobita .... art department
Claudia Valentijn .... painter
Dione van der Hoeven .... property master (as Dione Van Der Hoeven)
Dione van der Hoeven .... set dresser (as Dione Van Der Hoeven)
Dory van Noort .... constructor (as Dory Van Noort)
Floris Vos .... art department
Emi Wada .... production designer: Japan
Wai-Ming Wong .... property master
Wai-Ming Wong .... set dresser
Ben Zuydwijk .... painter (as Ben Zuidwijk)
 
Sound Department
James Feltham .... assistant sound editor
Kazunori Fujimaru .... boom operator
Nigel Heath .... post-production sound
Rod Howick .... foley editor
Cliff Jones .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Knights .... dialogue editor
Garth Marshall .... production sound
Kan Shirai .... boom operator
Julian Slater .... sound effects editor
Volker Zeigermann .... boom operator
Richard Pryke .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Reinier van Brummelen .... special lighting effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chi-Yeung Chan .... lighting electrician (as Billy Chan)
Andy Cheng .... lighting electrician
Pierre Dermience .... electrician
Arnout Glas .... lighting electrician
Marc Guillaumot .... still photographer
Wong Lap Hee .... clapper loader
Kazunori Hirasawa .... focus puller
Tomoka Izumi .... clapper loader
Kees Kroese .... rigger
Chi Wai Lee .... lighting electrician
Cristian Lux .... lighting electrician
Vincent Mathias .... focus puller
Gilles Mathony .... lighting electrician
Shinya Morishita .... lighting electrician
Dirk Nijland .... grip
Tatsuo Shima .... lighting electrician
Benito Strangio .... camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen .... gaffer
Wong Si Wah .... lighting electrician
Nelson Yu Lik-wai .... clapper loader (as Nelson Yu)
 
Casting Department
Véronique Demaret .... casting assistant
Cathy Lill .... casting assistant
Madoka Matsuo .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nagahiro Ebara .... costumer
Mariella Kallenberg .... costumer
Isao Nomura .... costumer
Emi Wada .... costume designer: Japan
Lucy Wei .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... colorist
Boris Trentelman .... grader
 
Music Department
Ron Korb .... musician: flutes
 
Other crew
Kazuko Aba .... breast-feeding double: Vivian Wu
Bob Bellion .... accountant
Marco Del Zotto .... production crew
Bob Feltgen .... location manager
Lydia Gonzalez .... accountant (as Lydie Gonzalez)
Agathe Grau .... continuity
Debby de Jong .... production coordinator (as Debby De Jong)
Kay Kimura .... production crew
Eliza Poklewski Koziell .... assistant to director
Eliza Liu .... accountant
Yuriko Mameshiro .... production coordinator: Japan
Junko Matsumori .... pregnant double: Vivian Wu
Charles McDonald .... publicist
Yves Mond .... production crew
Brody Neuenschwander .... calligrapher
Chika Ogura .... script translator
Mario Paolinelli .... dialogue (Italian version)
Joel Reid .... production crew
Takahiro Sasaki .... production crew
Yoshiko Tanaka .... production crew
Jeremy Thomas .... production crew
Yuk Ching To .... location manager (as Maggie To)
Masatoshi Tôjô .... production crew
Trix van Alphen .... publicist
Elly Verduyckt .... additional script continuity
Michael 'Indy' Whiting .... production crew (as Michael Whiting)
Roland Wigman .... legal counsel
Marc Wouters .... location manager
Susanna Wyatt .... production accountant
Yukki Yaura .... calligrapher
 
Thanks
Edith Cheung .... special thanks
Tracy Harper .... special thanks
Graham V. Hartstone .... special thanks (as Graham Hartstone)
Justin Moyle .... special thanks
Otto Snel .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
126 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Nagiko's mother delivers the birthday blessing, she starts in Japanese, as her father did, and then switches to Mandarin Chinese.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Mike visible during wide shot when Nagiko kneels and Jerome signs his name on her back. 01:03:59 into the film on PAL DVDs.See more »
Quotes:
Nagiko:I need writing. Don't ask why. Just take out your pen and write on my arm.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Deed Poll (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
ValseSee more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A feast for the eyes, 13 February 2002
Author: daodao from Hong Kong

This is a beautiful movie visually, but you need to keep concentrating on what is happening. Don't ask why too much with this - the effect of actions is reason enough to take them. Vivan Wu is very good, as is Ewan McGregor, in a different role for him. It reminds you also of what are some of the best things about Japan, and what are some of the worst things about men. Well worth buying the DVD and watching over and over.

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